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5 Fun Things to Do in Rome

Last Updated on January 11, 2021 by Nina Ahmedow

Is traditional sightseeing in Rome boring? To be honest, I find it really confusing when people say they find Rome boring. In my opinion, it’s one of the most exciting cities in Europe, and there are lots of fun things to do in Rome, Italy’s beautiful capital. If you want more photos from Rome check them out in this post.

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The first time I traveled to Rome was on a school trip in the summer of 2000.

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St. Peter’s Basilica

Unfortunately, our teacher thought it would be a great idea to stay at a convent where rules mandated that we had to be in our rooms by 11 pm. So yes, my first trip to Rome may not have been as fun as I would have liked.

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Palazzo dei Congressi in the EUR neighborhood

But I’ve since been back to Rome and have some recommendations for what to do and see.

1. Go for a Romantic Stroll Through the Center of Rome

​Rome is a city that you best explore walking. It’s such a joy to stroll around the city and take in the architecture and the atmosphere. Rome is also such a romantic and beautiful city that ywalking around is one of the best things to do in Rome. You get to see so much more when walking and eventually start dreaming about what your life in Rome would look like. To up the fun factor you could join a segway tour.

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View of Rome from Gianicolo Hill
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Street in a residential neighborhood

2. Visit Ostia Antica

I’m not that big on archaeology and would certainly not consider an archaeological site “fun.” But when we talk about fun things to do in Rome Ostia Antica is an absolute must for how well-preserved it is. You get to see bathhouses, apartments, a temple, and offices and imagine what life must have been like thousands of years ago!

3. Explore Trastevere

Trastevere is by far my favorite neighborhood, and visiting Trastevere is one of the most fun things to do in Rome. It’s a colorful and lively neighborhood you can’t help but fall in love with. There are some super cute shops and cafés here, and despite its popularity with younger people and tourists alike, it’s not yet overflowing with hipsters. The narrow cobblestone alleys of Trastevere invite you to stroll around for hours and maybe buy some quirky artwork. Make sure to walk up to Gianicolo Hill for an amazing view of Rome and the Vatican! It’s also the best spot to see the fireworks on New Year’s Eve.

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Christmas lights in Trastevere, Rome
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4. Eat Some Delicious Vegan Food

Italian cuisine is famous all over the world for some of the most delicious dishes imaginable. But fellow vegans don’t have to worry. There are a lot of vegan options at non-vegan restaurants in Rome. And there are even several fully vegan restaurants for you to indulge in some amazing Italian food.

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hummus and guacamole tiepolo

5. See Some of the Street Art

Did you know that the word graffiti is Italian and that drawings on walls were popular in the Roman Empire? Well, of course, contemporary graffiti is completely different. But this form of art has become popular all over the world. So, of course, Rome is also a wonderful place to see graffiti and street art. There’s even a graffiti and street art tour if you want someone to provide more background information on each piece. But even strolling around the city will introduce you to this colorful art form.

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Would you like to go to Rome?

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  • Reply
    January 22, 2020 at 10:23 am

    Rome is an amazing city with something new to discover around every corner! You are right- definitely a city to explore on foot!

    • Reply
      Nina | Lemons and Luggage
      January 22, 2020 at 3:14 pm

      Definitely a spectacular city, isn’t it?

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